2-Start Pitchers: Week 22

It’s time to look at the potential two-start options for the upcoming fantasy week.  If I have someone rated as a three, four or five-star option, they are someone I would definitely use.  A two-star option is someone who is borderline, but I’d strongly lean against it unless I have no other options.  The one-star options are an absolutely not scenario.

So, with that said, let’s take a look at the players available to you this week:

Five-Star Options:

  • None

Four-Star Options:

  • Javier Vazquez – Atlanta Braves – @ Fla, vs. Cin
  • Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins – vs. Atl, @ Was
  • Rich Harden – Chicago Cubs – vs. Hou, @ NYM
  • A.J. Burnett – New York Yankees – @ Bal, @ Tor

Three-Star Options:

  • Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. SF, @ Hou
  • Roy Oswalt – Houston Astros – @ CHC, vs. Phi
  • Edwin Jackson – Detroit Tigers – vs. Cle, @ TB
  • Gavin Floyd – Chicago White Sox – @ Min, vs. Bos
  • John Danks – Chicago White Sox – @ Min, vs. Bos
  • James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays – @ Det, vs. Det
  • Randy Wolf – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. Ari, vs. SD
  • Joel Pineiro – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Mil, @ Pit
  • Andy Pettitte – New York Yankees – @ Bal, @ To

Two-Star Options:

  • Randy Wells – Chicago Cubs – vs. Hou, @ NYM
  • Jarrod Washburn – Detroit Tigers – vs. TB, @ TB
  • Jonathan Sanchez – San Francisco Giants – @ Phi, @ Mil
  • Joe Saunders – Los Angeles Angels – @ Sea, @ KC
  • Mike Pelfrey – New York Mets – @ Col, vs. CHC
  • Tim Wakefield – Boston Red Sox – @ TB, @ CWS
  • Vicente Padilla – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. Ari, vs. SD
  • Derek Holland – Texas Rangers – vs. Tor, @ Bal
  • Trevor Cahill – Oakland Athletics – vs. KC, vs. Sea

One-Star Options:

  • Doug Davis – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ LAD, @ Col
  • Anibal Sanchez – Florida Marlins – vs. Atl, @ Was
  • Gio Gonzalez – Oakland Athletics – vs. KC, vs. Sea
  • Paul Maholm – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Cin, vs. Stl
  • Braden Looper – Milwaukee Brewers – @ Stl, vs. SF
  • Luke Hochevar – Kansas City Royals – @ Oak, vs. LAA
  • Jeremy Guthrie – Baltimore Orioles – vs. NYY, vs. Tex
  • Tim Hudson – Atlanta Braves – @ Fla, vs. Cin
  • Marc Rzepczynski – Toronto Blue Jays – @ Tex, vs. NYY
  • Doug Fister – Seattle Mariners – vs. LAA, @ Oak
  • Livan Herandez – Washington Nationals – @ SD, vs. Fla
  • Yusmeiro Petit – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ LAD, @ Col
  • Luke French – Seattle Mariners – vs. LAA, @ Oak
  • Brett Cecil – Toronto Blue Jays – @ Tex, vs. NYY
  • Tim Stauffer – San Diego Padres – vs. Was, @ LAD
  • David Huff – Cleveland Indians – @ Det, vs. Min
  • Josh Fogg – Colorado Rockies – vs. NYM, vs. Ari
  • Armando Gabino – Minnesota Twins – vs. CWS, @ Cle
  • Kip Wells – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Pit, @ Atl

Scheduling Notes:

  • Scott Kazmir had been scheduled to be a 2-start option for the Rays, but with his trade to the Angels that’s obviously out.  It’s likely that either Wade Davis or Andy Sonannstine step into his rotation spot, but either would be a tough play this week.  As for the Angels, we’ll have to see where Kazmir slips in, but I don’t see it affecting Saunders.

Thoughts:

  • I know how good Jarrod Washburn has been overall this season, but since being acquired by the Tigers he’s gone 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 5 starts.  He was pitching over his head with the Mariners, having pitched to ERAs of 4.32 or worse each of the past three seasons, so a regression should not have come as a surprise to anyone.  While he’s been good against the Rays over the past three seasons, two starts against them in a week does concern me as well.
  • I would really like to list Doug Davis as a 2-star option, but a 1.44 WHIP for the season is tough to swallow.  How about 12 walks over his last 18.2 innings?  He’s too big of a risk, especially with the Dodgers and Rockies on the schedule, for me to recommend using him.  If he was facing lesser opponents, say the Mets and Pirates, then it may be a different story.
  • Tim Hudson could potentially prove usable down the stretch, but not this week, not in his first starts of the season.  Watch closely.  Stash him if you want.  I just wouldn’t have him active quite yet.
  • Is Vicente Padilla really a 2-star option?  We all know he was terrible in the AL, but he was solid in his first start for the Dodgers and has a pair of favorable match-ups this week.  It wouldn’t be surprising to see him have a successful start to his return to the NL, much like John Smoltz has experienced.
  • Derek Holland has been hit-or-miss this season, but I’m not going to let his last start against the Yankees weight too heavily in my thinking.  It is the Yankees after all.  He was 4-1 in his five prior starts with a 1.85 ERA.  He’s definitely worth considering.
  • Trevor Cahill is back on a hot streak, giving up 7 earned runs over his last 27 innings (2.33 ERA).  This season he has a 3.00 ERA against the Royals and a 1.89 ERA against the Mariners.  Due to being a young pitcher and therefore an inconsistent one, he’s by far not a must start, but he could be worth rolling the dice on.

What are your thoughts?  Which pitcher are you willing to gamble on?  Who are you trying to avoid?

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2 comments

  1. Greg says:

    Wakefield and Saunders both had pretty nice starts off the DL … I’ll probably roll the dice on them since they have decent match-ups and hot offenses backing them up.

  2. Nate says:

    You think there is any chance that Ervin Santana gets two starts instead of Saunders since there is an off day in the middle and he would still get 4 days rest?

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